Obama Asks for Help Shaping Arts Policies

November 7, 2008

Now that the country is in transition mode, Barack Obama has set up a website dedicated to his move into the White House, change.gov (does anyone else feel a little warm inside seeing “.gov” attached to “change”?).
During the campaign we noted Obama’s statement on the arts. The arts are mentioned on his new website as well, though in far less detail; they’re grouped under the hodgepodge “Additional Issues,” along with child advocacy, Katrina, science, transportation, and… sportsmen (“America’s hunters and anglers are a key constituency that must take an active role and have a powerful voice in this coalition.”). However, there is a link on that page through which you can submit your own ideas on any policy matters—including the arts. Election Day is behind us but you can still make your voice heard. [Thanks to PopMatters for pointing this out.]

Scott Tennent


Obama and McCain on the Arts

October 7, 2008

A few bloggers have recently written about the arts policies (or lack thereof) of the presidential candidates. Obama has had a pretty substantial issue statement on his website for some time now; in the last few days, McCain, who had not formally addressed the issue, released a paragraph-length statement on the topic to the Salt Lake Tribune. For those of you who are thinking of the arts as the election approaches, take a look at the grid recently disseminated by the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, which succinctly sums up the positions of each candidate.

Allison Agsten


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